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We know people

By combining a deep understanding of human behaviour and an exceptionally broad network across industries, functions and geographic regions, The Search House introduces people and insights that deliver value.


By using advanced technology to search for, organise and share data while maintaining privacy, The Search House is able to offer another level of service delivery and customer experience.


We are trusted by high performance, innovation-oriented businesses with critical and often complex Executive Search assignments, typically at Board, Executive Committee and Head of Department level.


In addition, we recruit for specialist roles at all levels of seniority, often where an unusual hybrid of skills and experience is sought, as well as facilitating team builds and team moves.


Our work builds organisations, teams and careers to be proud of.


The Search House offers a range of candidate identification, attraction and assessment services, from leading an international executive search process to conducting any component part of the process in partnership with our client. 


In addition, we advise on strategies to keep clients ahead of the competition in the market for talent and on how best to deliver organisational change while retaining the essence of what makes their business attractive to employees.

Executive Search

Market Mapping & Analysis

Candidate Assessment




Talent Pipelining

Team Building

Organisational Change Advisory


Creating value with values

Our core values reflect not only how we go about our business but also why we are in business.

Offering sound, reasoned advice in the best interests of our stakeholders. This often involves challenging their thinking and being prepared to say when we have an alternative view or when a different approach should be considered.

Partnering deeply with clients and candidates to ensure a seamless process and a great customer experience for everyone involved.  Working closely, respectfully and cooperatively, including with suppliers. Doing what we say we’ll do.

Setting ourselves objectives that stretch us and inspire us to improve and evolve.  We love working with people and organisations we can learn from and that are high performance in character and culture.

Despite the opportunities provided by our use of the latest technology, we believe that success is ultimately achieved through hard work and dedication to meet and exceed the expectations of those we partner with.

It may sound like an old fashioned concept in a modern digital age but we enjoy serving clients and candidates well.  We keep ourselves focused on the people we are here to serve.




The Search House takes an agile approach to executive search.  We engage in continuous dialogue with stakeholders and share honest, open information, advice and feedback throughout the process. Introducing a benchmark candidate early in the search, to ensure that we are on course and make adjustments if necessary, is a key facet of our approach.

Pace & Transparency


We work at pace with diligence, transparency and integrity to ensure that clients see the very best talent from a broad cross-section of the marketplace, not just ‘the usual suspects’ or those who happen to be available now.

Culture & Diversity


To be effective, we work to develop a deep understanding of each client’s company culture and personality to align our focus and message with it.  As we search for talent that fits well with this, we are also mindful to challenge the status quo and introduce a truly diverse spectrum of people for consideration.  We recognise that diversity brings fresh thinking, opportunities and innovation.



We act as an extension of our clients’ teams, across line management, Human Resources and Talent.  We take very seriously our responsibility to protect their reputation and the ‘employer brand’ of the businesses we represent.  Equally, we are focused on protecting and enhancing people’s careers and lives by representing them fairly and accurately.


The Search House specialises in senior and key strategic appointments for innovation oriented businesses.  Rather than focusing on a narrow industry vertical, we take a broader view that can involve moving people between verticals.


We place leaders and high potential executives into the following functional areas:



James West   

Managing Partner

James has over 20 years’ experience leading senior executive search mandates for many of the world’s most admired companies.  He has developed an unusually broad network across the UK and Europe, particularly in the following sectors:


  • Financial Services and ‘Fintech’: Private Equity, Investment Banking, Asset Management, Insurance & Market Structure
  • Healthcare and Consumer Goods
  • Leisure, Entertainment and Hospitality
  • Real Estate: Property Management, Services, Infrastructure and ‘Proptech’


James is proud to have served a diverse range of high performance clients, including Just Eat, JP Morgan, Barclays, Rothschild & Co, Lazard, HgCapital, AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Walgreens Boots Alliance, intu, Jack Wills, Merlin Entertainments, Formula E, Center Parcs, Compass Group, Delaware North and Newcastle International Airport.



The Search House Ltd, Southside, 105 Victoria Street, London, SW1E 6QT


+44 (0) 207 856 0301